In September we were contacted by the New Wortley Community Association Bike Library in Leeds to see if we had any bikes which could be donated to their project. This scheme works with ex-offenders by teaching them how to repair old or broken bicycles, providing them with vital skills, a sense of purpose and a good focus. These bikes are then hired out to people across Leeds for a small fee, and those who cannot afford to pay can rent out the bicycles for free. The project, which is part of the Yorkshire Bank’s Bike Libraries scheme, proved so popular that they were low on bikes and needed some more to be refurbished to add to their fleet. Our campus bike hub had recently decommissioned several bikes from the hire fleet, and so we donated them to this great project which benefits the whole community and helps to provide a new lease of life to old bikes!
Here is our bike hub coordinator Steven with the New Wortley bike library team. We are looking forward to donating more bikes to this inspiring project next year.